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Sign

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[n] structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted; "the highway was lined with signboards"
[n] a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened); "he showed signs of strain"; "they welcomed the signs of spring"
[n] any communication that encodes a message; "signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
[n] a public display of a (usually written) message; "he posted signs in all the shop windows"
[n] a character indicating a relation between quantities; "don't forget the minus sign"
[n] a gesture that is part of a sign language
[n] (linguistics) a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified; "The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"--de Saussure
[n] an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come; "he hoped it was an augury"; "it was a sign from God"
[n] (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
[n] having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges); "he got the polarity of the battery reversed"; "charges of opposite sign"
[n] (medical) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease; "there were no signs of asphixiation"
[v] communicate in sign language; "I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin"
[v] mark with one's signature; write one's name (on); "She signed the letter and sent it off"; "Please sign here"
[v] make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
[v] be engaged by a written agreement; "He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18"; "The soprano signed to sing the new opera"
[v] communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs; "He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture"; "The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu"
[v] approve in writing, to express assent, responsibility, or obligation; "All parties signed the peace treaty"; "Have you signed your contract yet?"
[v] place signs, as along a road; "sign an intersection"; "This road has been signed"
[v] engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"

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